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Operazione Colomba: truth and justice for the victims of blood feuds

“We call on the Albanian Institutions to do everything possible to bring those responsible for Mario Majollari’s murder to justice and finally give his family an answer. There is no peace without justice”.
This is what Operazione Colomba, the Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII Association, declares in a note with regard to the murder of Mario Majollari. According to Albanian journalistic sources, the only indicted, Kastriot Gjuzi, was acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence. In 2018 on April 10th, 28-year-old Mario Majollari, repatriated from Sweden where his application for international protection had been rejected, was killed in Tirana on alleged blood feud reasons, as his father had killed Ilir Gjuzi, Kastriot Gjuzi’s brother, in 2000. Now the questions are who killed Mario Majollari and why.
This case brings the attention back to the case of the murder of Marie and Kol Qukaj, killed in 2012 on June 14th, in Dukagjin, whose perpetrators have not yet been identified. Also in this case the reasons for the murders seemed to be due to a feud between two families. Two years after this double murder, some relatives of the victims tried to take revenge, resorting to private justice. (more…)

Operazione Colomba – monthly report of activities in Albania – April 2019

Present situation
During the month of April, we recorded some cases of injuries due to blood feud phenomenon. In the middle of the month, a village chief was injured because of a previous property-related conflict. The dynamics of the episode shows the abuse of the Kanun and the misuse of its practice. Indeed, the man was hit by a few gunshots while he was on the balcony of his house, although the domestic dwelling is a traditionally sacred place, where taking revenge is forbidden. Furthermore, in April, a man, who had arguments over property issues in the past, was injured. His wife said she is very scared and in danger because her family had previously been threatened and attacked. (more…)

#KundërGjakmarrjes: Demonstration against blood feud in Shkodra

On the 22nd of March 2019, the volunteers of Operazione Colomba organized a demonstration in Shkodër pedestrian city center, to keep promoting the awareness campaign “Kundër Gjakmarrjes” (Against Blood-Feud), launched on December 10th. The volunteers involved the citizens, explaining the goal of the initiative, and asking them to take themselves a picture holding the campaign logo.
In order to attract people attention, the volunteers settled a frame that recalled social networks’ one.
Finally, they distributed some colorful balloons with the campaign’s logo, that catched many children’s attention. Some people stopped to share with the volunteers their personal story of blood-feud. We hope that this initiative could contribute to the development of a social pressure that supports forgiveness and reconciliation.